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Introduction

This project is obsessed with bodies, bodies that do what a body does, no matter how mundane or embarrassing or unpredictable. Since no body exists without its owner, and no one who owns a body exists outside social and political grounding, I channel that obsession to discuss the relationship between one’s corporeality and one’s sociopolitical position. Specifi cally, I ask, what can corporeality offer social and political discourse? How do those discourses change when the bodies in question belong to Arab Americans and African Americans? How can we place Black and Arab American embodied experience in conversation around salient social and political concerns? 1 By way of answer, I offer the following: within narratives by and about Blacks and Arabs, embodied experience, particularly when the body announces its fragility, becomes a vehicle through which they articulate their refl ections on and critiques of the world we inhabit.